The History and Meaning Behind September’s Birthstone: Sapphire

When rulers in ancient Persia looked to the blue heavens, they were convinced the color was a reflection of sapphire stones painting the sky.  Since 800 B.C., sapphires have been a prized gem.  Kings would wear them to protect themselves from harm.  People of the middle-ages believed that sapphires suppressed negative thoughts, while other cultures would grind them up to be used in medicine.  

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September’s birthstone is the most precious and valuable blue gemstone.  Sapphires come from a mineral classification called “corundum.”  Sapphire, a word that is derived from the Latin “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapherios,” is most known for its dramatic blue color.  But sapphires can be found in a range of colors including violet, green, orange, grey, and black.  When you hear about “fancy” sapphires, it is referring to ones that are violet, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple.  When they are red, we call them “rubies.”  When gem and jewelry professionals use the word “sapphire” alone, they are referring to the blue sapphire.


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The sapphire engagement ring worn by Princess Diana, and eventually given to Kate Middleton, was a departure for many who are used to seeing diamonds in engagement rings.  But the mysterious blue sapphire has a history of being used as the center stone.  Sapphires have long been associated with both royalty and romance.  It’s the choice of gem for the 5th and 45th anniversary, and fancy sapphires are perfect for people who like the romance associated with them and like something out of the ordinary.



Current trends in sapphire include a blue sapphire ring in the oval cut.  It’s one of the most highly demanded ring types in engagement jewelry.  From oval rings made in gold to silver and even platinum, the options are many and so are the different designs.

Sapphires are a great choice for engagement rings, as they are strong enough to take on the rigors of daily wear.  You can also find them in a range of rich blue hues that complement almost any skin tone.  Sapphires are both classic and elegant…while having just an extra dash of something special.


Here are some of our favorite sapphire pieces:

Yellow Sapphire Necklace

Pink Sapphire Ring


Black Sapphire Pendant

Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

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